Exam chaos: Students crowdfund travel costs

Latest

Exam chaos: Students crowdfund travel costs

In Latest

The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association has set up a support fund for candidates forced to travel for their registration assessment as many struggle to book an exam centre in their region.

Towards the end of last week it emerged that some candidates in Scotland had been forced to book an exam sitting over the border in England, sparking concerns about potential Covid transmission as well as worries about cost.

The GPhC said on Friday February 26 that it was “urgently exploring” all options with assessment provider Pearson Vue to allow candidates based in Scotland to sit the exam there.

However, it warned there were no guarantees it will find “a more convenient option” for candidates who booked a sitting a long distance from where they live.

The BPSA said in a February 27 statement: “Once again, we find ourselves in disbelief that a group of pharmacy professionals who have endured so much already are yet again facing challenges to simply sit the registration assessment, which the regulator deems to be the only way to prove competence in order to become a qualified pharmacist.

“The GPhC should have used the past 12 months to look for meaningful solutions to bring the profession forward, rather than trying to simply move the current assessment from a paper-based to an online format.”

The BPSA urged the regulator to guarantee that all candidates who cannot book a slot at their local test centre will be allowed to sit the exam remotely, saying “no candidate should have to stay in a hotel overnight during a global pandemic due to the assessment”.

The students’ association is attempting to crowdfund £2,000 in emergency support funding, saying that while it is “unacceptable” for candidates to be forced to travel, “we do not want any candidate to be unable to sit the assessment due to financial difficulties”.

The BPSA is also seeking clarity from the GPhC regarding the status of candidates who through a "technical error" were allowed to book an afternoon slot, when only morning slots will be available. 

The GPhC is telling such candidates that Pearson will attempt "to find you a new booking slot as close to the location that you originally booked," in a letter seen by Pharmacy Network News

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Locate a Locum Learning launched

Locate Learning launches today, increasing members access to extensive learning library.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

MHRA issues thermometer warning

MHRA issues thermometer warning after increase in the number of unreliable products available in the UK. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Nearly 90 per cent of adults would have tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies in June, says ONS

ONS estimates vast majority would have had antibodies in mid-June.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

New NHS clinics to provide pelvic floor support for women

Pregnant women and new mums are to receive support from new NHS clinics.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

NICE recommends mental health support for people with acne

Mental health support is key in managing acne vulgaris, says clinical watchdog.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

RPS calls for action on women's health inequalities

Action is needed to reduce the inequalities faced by women when accessing health services, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Reports of potential bidding war over LloydsPharmacy

LloydsPharmacy could be the target of a three-way bidding war fought among financial investors over the next few weeks, it has been reported.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Dukes to leave PSNC in September

PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes will leave his post at the end of September after just over three and-a-half years in the role.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

NHSE: Pharmacy must speak 'as one' to gain power

Community pharmacies need to speak 'as one' to gain greater influence within primary care, a senior NHS England official has said. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

E-cig loophole puts minors at risk, Government told

A charity criticises the government for failing to close a loophole allowing companies to hand out free e-cigarettes to under-18s. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Lloyds pulls nasal spray over 'bold' Covid claims

LloydsPharmacy has "paused" sales of a £15 nasal spray that claims to neutralise the coronavirus before it can make people ill.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

DH sets ambitious targets for winter flu programme

The Department of Health and Social Care announces that it aims to vaccinate 85 per cent of people aged 65 and over against influenza.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Wright review group to hold focus groups to form proposals

The Wright review steering group will hold a series of online focus groups and workshops this month and in August.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Two Solihull pharmacists jailed for illegal supply of POMs

Dean Dookhan and Narvinder Nandra pleaded guilty to two charges concerning the illegal supply of 21,000 Zolpidem pills.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Pharmacist to run London marathon for charity

Pharmacist Mohammed Hussain will run the London marathon to raise money for Pharmacist Support.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Boots opens flu jab bookings as demand soars

Boots says it has opened bookings for its winter flu jab service amid reports of soaring demand. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Running app downloaded over five million times this month

The Couch to 5K app contains advice and information from a celebrity coach to help users record their progress. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Drug companies fined £260m for "excessive and unfair" price hikes to hydrocortisone tablets over a 10 year period.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

IBS sufferers worried about return to workplace

People with irritable bowel syndrome are anxious about lockdown easing and the prospect of going back to the workplace contributing to their symptoms.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

GPhC too soft on corporate multiples claims PDA

The GPhC is disproportionately tough on individual registrants compared to pharmacy owners and premises, the PDA has claimed. 

1 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Advising on stimulant laxatives

Safely recommend the most effective laxative for every customer with constipation

15 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Relief from the nasal symptoms of allergy

With NHS England advising that OTC products should no longer be prescribed to treat mild-to-moderate hayfever, pharmacy’s role in supporting sufferers is more important than ever. This module includes self-care advice and product recommendations to aid customer conversations.

5 Min Module

Sponsored education

Treating fungal nail infections

Understand how fungal nail infections develop and help manage customer expectations around treatment

10 Min Module

Sponsored education

Advising on very dry and eczema-prone skin

This video will guide you through a consultation with Michelle, a customer with very dry skin, and help you recommend suitable products to help

2 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Bayer Business Programme

Make it Count: Manager version

This training offers new insights into the customers of today and explores how you and your team can adapt your sales approach to engage with customers in order to grow your business.

15 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Sore throats and antibiotic resistance

This module will help you to understand and educate customers about the risks of antibiotic resistance, and recommend products to help them effectively manage their sore throat symptoms.

 

10 Min Module